Me, me! I LOVE Vegas! There is so much to do in and around Vegas and I love the desert it has a beauty all it's own you just have to look and take the time to appreciate the differences.
Maybe you could give it another chance especially during the fall when it's cooler and take some day trips to some of the scenic areas like Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Death Valley National Park, the Grand Canyon is close by as well as some cool cities in southern Utah like St. George for one.
Oh and besides all that wonderful stuff to do I love to play black jack and the slots, whooohooo! I love the night life and the shows are awesome you've got to see the shows! Walking along the strip at night is fun seeing the water show at the Bellagio I could watch that for hours! The strip is a freak show all of it's own. Oh the food, yum and I love the cheaper prices for food and hotels.
I've been to Vegas, Reno and Laughlin gambling is fun, fun, fun! Vegas is my favorite place though. Did I mention I got married there?